View of the summit
|Elevation||520 m (1,706 ft)|
|Prominence||120 m (394 ft)|
|New South Wales, Australia|
|Topo map||Murrurundi 9034 (1:100000)
Murrurundi 90324N (1:25000)
|Easiest route||walking track|
Burning Mountain, the common name for Mount Wingen, is a hill near Wingen, New South Wales, Australia, approximately 224 kilometres (139 mi) north of Sydney just off the New England Highway. It takes its name from a smouldering coal seam running underground through the sandstone. Burning Mountain is contained within the Burning Mountain Nature Reserve, which is administered by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).
A trail with information panels runs from the park carpark to the site where smoke emanates from the ground.
The scientific estimate is that the fire has burned for approximately 6,000 years and is the oldest known coal fire. European explorers and settlers to the area believed that the smoke coming from the ground was volcanic in origin. The fire is moving in a generally southerly direction at a rate of about one metre per year.
- Topographic map MURRURUNDI 90324N
- "Burning Mountain". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- "Burning Mountain Nature Reserve". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- "Burning Mountain Nature Reserve". Department of Environment, Climate Change & Water. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- Krajick, Kevin (May 2005). "Fire in the hole". Smithsonian magazine (Smithsonian Institution): 54ff. Retrieved 24 October 2006.